Last year I wrote a short piece for MORE Magazine about beauty. So many times when the word beauty is uttered our mind goes to some exotic beauty that graces the pages of a fashion magazine or maybe someone we have seen on television. Beauty is so much more than what we see on the exterior. We spend hours each day and millions each year on the exterior beauty and spend little time and almost no money on enriching the beauty that radiates from the inside.
Please read this short piece and let me know what you think.
I am a beautiful woman inside and out! It is neither arrogant nor conceited. It is simply what I believe. I never waste a minute worrying about being more beautiful than some or less than others, it’s never about my ego because I don’t feel the need to compare myself to anyone else. I have come to the conclusion that we are each extraordinary and beautiful, yes every one of us, in our own way.
Many people think that beauty is all about the outside but I have discovered that it is much more than simply the visual. The moment I gave up worrying about what others saw on the outside and stopped attempting to measure my appearance against everyone else I gave myself a valuable gift. Learning to love myself unconditionally freed me to accept that focus on my outside beauty was actually pretty shallow without appreciation of my inside beauty as well.
I have learned that true beauty, the kind that lasts a lifetime is not a fleeting glimpse of a pretty picture in a magazine but felt in the deepest part of our spirit, it is our essence and must radiate from the inside before it is ever seen on the outside.
Our beauty comes from the kindness and gentleness as we view the world through eyes of compassion, it is the expression on our face, the love in our eyes and the gift of a smile that we share generously with others. Beauty found the outside many times is a gift from those who came before us and can easily become an anchor weighing us down as we age if it is the only gauge by which we measure our beauty.
Acknowledging my own beauty both inside and out meant leaving the negativity when I look in the mirror behind and embracing myself as I am. Accepting the lines appearing on my face and a few bumps and lumps under my clothes does not stop me from trying to be better because taking care of myself and wanting to be healthy comes easily as a result of loving myself. Eating nourishing food, exercising and attention to my well being is simply what I do because I appreciate the gift of life I have been given and want to take the best care possible of that gift. It makes me feel good to look in the mirror and see that I am well cared for.
And if I am blessed to live a long beautiful life I want my granddaughter to understand the lesson that took me much too long to learn, beauty doesn’t abandon you or fade with age, just like love, with nurturing and appreciation it grows into something much more valuable and extraordinary.
And as she looks into her Grandmother’s face filled with love she won’t even notice the many lines from a lifetime of joy and while wrapped in my embrace she won’t be thinking about all the bumps and lumps, it is then that I will tell her how beautiful she is inside and out and gently remind her that beauty is never just seen with our eyes but felt with a loving heart as well, and that is what it means to be truly beautiful.
Blessings for a day filled with appreciation of your own beauty.